Manchester Evening News

£150k raised for charity in memory of Sir Bobby

- By RICHARD FAY

UNITED have announced that over £150,000 has been raised for charity in memory of Sir Bobby Charlton since his death last year.

Sir Bobby, who died at the age of 86, made 758 appearance­s for United and won the European Cup at Wembley in 1968, scoring twice in the 4-1 win against Benfica in the final. That famous victory came a decade after the Munich air disaster, in which he survived but many of his friends and teammates didn’t.

He played for United less than a month after the crash and remained a prominent figure even after his retirement from the game. He took up a role as club director in 1984, a position he held for nearly 40 years. Football fans looking to celebrate the life of one of the greatest ever have honoured Charlton by raising money for various causes that meant so much to him.

Following his passing in October 2023, the club donated £100,000 to charities close to Sir Bobby’s heart to continue his legacy. This donation was allocated by the Charlton family to the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society and The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT).

As well as the donation from the club, more than £50,000 was also raised by donations from thousands of football fans who wished to honour the United and England legend by supporting the causes he was so passionate about.

Lady Norma Charlton, Sir Bobby’s widow, said: “On behalf of the family, I want to thank everyone, not only for the donations but also for the love and support they have shown following Bobby’s passing. The response has been nothing short of remarkable.

“I know Bobby would be so proud of the impact the funds donated will have on so many lives – as a family we are engaged with these charities and will see firsthand the difference they will make.

“This collective effort embodies the true spirit of our football family and ensures that Bobby’s legacy lives on.”

 ?? ?? Sir Bobby in United kit and, inset, Lady Norma
Sir Bobby in United kit and, inset, Lady Norma

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